When the media starts in with their “let’s demonize the victim” crap in cases of police brutality, demand they do the same with the cops. They wanna dig into Dr. David Dao’s “troubled past?” Bullshit. Why don’t they dig up and publish details about the assholes who beat Dr. Dao and dragged him off the plane? Or how about the people who called those officers to enforce their corporate will? THOSE are the motherfuckers they need to be going after.
Dr. Dao didn’t do a damn thing wrong. He bought his ticket. He took his place. Then the airline wanted to kick him off so they could give his seat to one of their employees, because they overbooked the flight. For doing nothing more than refusing to give up the seat that was rightfully his, they publicly beat him and dragged him off the plane.
Make no mistake about what happened: United demanded that Dr. Dao give up the seat he had bought and paid for, in order to fix THEIR fuck-up, and when he refused, the state jumped in to enforce the will of our corporate overlords.
That is the purpose and function of the police in America. To protect the interests of the powerful at the expense of the powerless.
And the media is right there complicit with the violence, digging up anything they can to somehow make it look like the victim deserved what they got.
Often it’s even worse, though. If
Dr. Dao had been black, they’d have just shot him. They do that shit all the time. And then we have pasty-faced “journalists” (read: corporate propagandists) going on about what a bad person the victim was and how they probably deserved it, while the real criminals get to hide behind badges and bank accounts, and usually escape any real consequence other than maybe some paid time off. Hell, the cop who murdered Mike Brown got a 1.5 million dollar REWARD.
Fuck that. Tell me the names of the officers involved. Tell me every single fucking dirty thing they’ve ever done in their lives. I want to know if they ever got into a fight or got caught smoking in high school. I want to know if any of them have ever been accused of beating other victims. Go after them the way you went after their victim. Tell me about the scumbag who made the decision to call them in to begin with, to forcibly take back from a person what they had lawfully purchased–because someone at the company suddenly came down with a case of “seller’s remorse.” THAT’S the reporting I want to hear.
And then put those officers, and the people who called them, in jail.
But that’s not gonna happen. Because this is AmeriKKKa.